The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) bring awareness to end diseases that silently kill. Yolanda Adams sounds an alarm through song to support the cause. April 2014 the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association held a health fair and Most Powerful Voices Gospel concert at the House of Hope to spread much needed information to put an end to heart disease and stroke.
Most people, if asked, will not be able to tell you the signs to look for if a person is having a stroke. Under the American Stroke Association's guidance and help from Dr. Terry Mason, of the Cook County Public Health Department, he presented the signs to watch for in case someone is displaying characteristics of a possible stroke with acronyms F.A.S.T. In a very direct and precise way the acronyms F.A.S.T. gives you the areas to watch such as the face and arms. Also, F.A.S.T. tells you to listen to the person's speech. If the speech is slurred and or it accompanies some of the other signs aforementioned then it's time to dial 911. Regular check ups and screenings will help prevent strokes and heart disease.
Among the artists joining Yolanda Adams to bring awareness were Jonathan McReynolds, comedian Ron Baker, Jr. and Chicago Mass Choir under the direction of Percy Gray. These artists definitely uplifted hearts through song and laughter. Chicago's own Sonya Blakey, Program Director and Radio Personality at WGRB Inspiration 1390AM, masterfully engaged the audience as "Mistress of Ceremonies".
Bringing the point home, one of the video testimonies shown of a young lady who went through various changes to be placed on the heart donors list. Even after receiving a new heart, she almost died because her body had went into stage four of rejecting the donated organ. Her tenacity for life and the love from her husband and children, she regained strength, however some time later she passed. Early detection is key to preventing fatality so please visit the American Heart Association's and American Stroke Association's websites to find out where you can be screened. Spread the word to family and friends.